Indian approaches to psychology as a means to effect change and transformation, in the light of the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.

Ranjana Madan

The primary theme in psychology is about understanding and evolving our human nature, till it becomes perfect. The path laid by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother goes way beyond in this respect - they aim for not just perfection but transformation . ‘Integral Transformation’ is the transformation of consciousness. Before starting on the path of transformation, the question one asks oneself is - What is the aim of life? The Mother talks about the Science of Living - the aimless life is always a miserable life. Every one of you should have an aim. But do not forget that the quality of your aim will depend upon the quality of your life. To work for your perfection, the first step is to become conscious of yourself, of the different parts of your being and their respective activities. You must learn to distinguish the different parts form one another. You may become clearly aware of the origin of the movements, the many impulses, reactions and conflicting wills that drive you to action. It is a study that demands much perseverance and sincerity. This paper will elucidate the four-fold discipline which is one of the major processes in the transformation of consciousness.

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This paper was presented at the
National Conference on
Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002